The Celtics West Coast trip continued in Phoenix after losing the first two games on the road trip. Surprisingly, the Suns got out to a 32-13 and the Celtics had to play catch up. Down three with five seconds to go, Marcus Morris hit a buzzer beating three to tie the game and send it to overtime. Kyrie Irving took over from there and the Celtics won 116-109. Kyrie finished with 39 points and 6 assists.
Next up was the Utah Jazz where Gordon Hayward made his long awaited return. Kyrie Irving missed the game as he was attending his grandfather’s funeral. For most of the game, the Celtics didn’t appear to miss him. Terry Rozier scored 22 and Jayson Tatum added 21. But the Jazz made the key plays down the stretch and won 123-115. Joe Ingles led the way with 27 points.
To finish out the road trip, the Celtics faced the Portland Trail Blazers. Kyrie Irving returned to face off against Damian Lillard. The Blazers took a big lead in the first half but the Celtics battled back to tie the game. But Portland held on to win 100-94. Tatum led the way with 27 points for Boston in the loss.
Finally to close out the week, the Celtics returned home to face the Chicago Bulls. Looking for a much needed the win, they blew past the Bulls to win 111-82.
Jaylen Brown led the way with 18 points as the entire starting 5 scored in double digits. So while the Celtics did get two wins this week, they still have major problems. The chemistry is not there right now and we don’t know if this will be figured out over time or a change in the starting lineup is needed. 8–6
Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)
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